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How to Fold a Pocket Square: 3 Stylishly Simple Ways

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When it come to pocket squares, the wearer usually knows what he wants, arranges it just so, and then wears it as a proud symbol of his fashion prowess. Here's how to fold a pocket square like a pro.

Pocket squares look unattractive if they are just stuffed haphazardly into a pocket. Some of the finest pocket square examples have a casual, fluff-like appearance and do not look excessively arranged, but this simplistic look doesn't happen by itself. If you follow our simple instructions, your pocket square will look perfect every time you wear it.

The Square Fold

Sometimes referred to as the Presidential or the TV fold, this is the simplest fold. It resembles the standard fold of a functional handkerchief, but it must be longer and narrower to fit into the suit's pocket yet remain visible.


While the precise length and width can vary depending on the dimensions of the pocket and the wearer's preferences; in general, the area is 5 – 6 inches in length and 3 – 3.5 inches in width. If made of linen or cotton, the handkerchief should be lightly starched to provide a crisp look; if made of silk, it should be folded (not starched) so that the hand-rolled edges are visible.

Folding Pocket Squares

The Flute or Puff

Referred to as the balloon or puff, this style is the easiest to create but the hardest to perfect.


Here's the steps:

  • Open up the handkerchief on a surface.
  • Pinch it from the middle and lift it up.
  • With the other hand, create a ring with the thumb and index finger around the top of the handkerchief, right below the pinch, and pull downwards, forming a column or “flute”.
  • Fold so about half the fabric is on the “flute” end and half on the “point” end.

Tuck it into the pocket, leaving 1 – 1.5 inches visible.

The Pointed Fold

This is the opposite of the flute style, although it is created in the same way. Instead of folding so the flute is the longer end, fold it so the handkerchief points form the longer end, and then insert.

Adjust as necessary to fill the width of the pocket and to keep the points from clustering too tightly. To help the the points remain upright, use a starched linen or cotton handkerchief. You can achieve a less arranged look by shaking the handkerchief slightly after pinching the middle.


Since each fold has its own inherent personality, each communicates a different message about the wearer. We recommend you choose the one that suits you best after you experiment with different variations. Eventually, you will find the fold that complements your personal style.

Now that you know how to fold a pocket square properly, you might decide to add a new suit to your wardrobe. After all, a smartly folded handkerchief deserves to be cradled in the breastpockets of artfully designed and cleverly crafted custom made suits, doesn't it?Book a styling consulation today and let the men of Montagio work their styling magic on your image.

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